Having already carved a name for herself as Australia’s hottest new musical superstar, Tkay Maidza today unleashes certified monster banger ‘Carry On’, featuring none other than cultural and political icon and one half of Run The Jewels – Killer Mike. ‘Carry On’ is the first official single to be lifted from her highly-anticipated, forthcoming debut album titled TKAY, which is set to shake up audiences worldwide when it is released on October 28 via Dew Process & UMA.
To celebrate the release of the album, Tkay will be playing a string of headline shows proudly supported by triple j, kicking off in New Zealand on Wednesday October 26, before heading out across Australia, including shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. Special guests Sable and Midas.Gold will be supporting Tkay on the road for all Australian shows, fan pre-sale tickets available August 31 and general tickets are on sale September 1.
The 20-year-old, Zimbabwe-born, Adelaide-based pocket rocket with appropriate lashings of swag has proven to be a commanding force in both the Australian and international music scenes, thanks to her versatility as an emcee and vocalist, as well as the complexity of the lyrics she brings to the table.
On ‘Carry On’, Maidza fires off on her haters and lets loose a whiplash delivery that deftly sets the stage for a head-turning guest verse from Killer Mike who publically declared himself a Tkay fan multiple times throughout 2015 – first live on air in an interview on triple j where he stated of her 2015 Falls Festival performance; “I saw her perform at one of the festivals – she’s dope man, shout out to her. She’s a great human being and a dope performer too. Shout outs mama, you dope. She is dope!” and then again during a lecture the rapper gave at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now it seems he’s not just a fan but considers her a peer, sharing the mic with her on this epic new track.
“The song is about people trying to stop my stride,” says Tkay, “but I guess what I’m trying to say is I have bigger issues that only matter to me as a youngin at this point in my career and Killer Mike is reinforcing that. Ive loved Run the Jewels for ages as they were the first act I saw at my favourite touring festival Laneway Festival. It was super inspiring to see them. We had the idea of having him on a song and reached out to his team, they were totally down. It turned out to be ‘Carry On’ :)”
“It was really cool that Mike listened to what I was saying in my verse as his verse is a conversation to mine… to him I must sound like I need guidance, and what he said was really reassuring and relevant for me. I think it’s super important to have support from someone who has so much knowledge and experience in life and music… He is the first person who is a respected and loved rapper to have said they approve of what I do so having him on the song is super special.”
Nominated for Best International Act at the 2016 BET Awards, Maidza recently lent her vocals to Martin Solveig’s chart-climbing single ‘Do It Right.’ With her past live experience, including support slots with Charli XCX, Mark Ronson, and Years & Years, she’s also just torn through a string of summer dates that have brought her blissed-out live show to bigger and bigger crowds.
She’s currently back in the UK and Europe wrapping up a run of huge shows and festival apprarences including Pukkelpop, Way Out West, Reading & Leeds. Maidza will be landing back on home soil only for a matter of weeks, performing at BIGSOUND 2016 before she jets back overseas, this time to the USA to tour with Australian producer and collaboratior, What So Not.
Fans are advised to purchase tickets for Tkay’s national album tour quickly, with the ammo of material from her debut album in her belt these shows (including all-age performances) will sell out!
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Single ‘Carry On’ feat. Killer Mike is available HERE
‘TKAY’ is out October 28 via Dew Process & UMA – pre-order TKAY